A versatile nurse who is equally skilled in general patient care, postop surgical care, orthopedic care, geriatric care and trauma care, Michelle Wright, RN, team leader of unit 52 (orthopedics), is the “epitome of nursing excellence,” according to her winning nomination as the Nurse of the Year at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Ill.
“If I could clone one nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital, it would be Michelle Wright,” nominator James P. Cole Jr., DO, assistant trauma medical director, said in a news release. “She works harder than any nurse I have ever known. Her attitude is always uplifting, her work ethic is always exemplary, and her enthusiasm to go above and beyond is always humbling. Michelle is the nurse that physicians want caring for their patients.”
Wright was recognized at a ceremony at the hospital May 9 during National Nurses Week. She was one of six nurses recognized with nursing excellence awards. Each winner receives $500 and a certificate. The other winners were: Michelle “Mickey” Nottoli, RN, orthopedic nurse navigator and nurse clinician; Christie Chacon-Taba, RN, a staff nurse in the NICU; Ann Sparapany, RN, a staff nurse in the NICU; Karen Harris, RN, team leader of unit 43 (oncology); and Sarah Nelson, RN, nurse clinician in the ED.
The hospital also recognized a nurse leader of the year and a nurse mentor of the year.
The Nurse Leader of the Year award went to Jennifer Scheeringa, RN, BSN, supervisor of clinical bed management.
“When an associate doesnt understand a new process or change in technology, she invites them to sit with her to learn,” Denise Bentz, RN, director of nursing operations and care management, said in the release. “She never makes them feel uncomfortable or inadequate even when they have been provided previous instruction. She loves to learn herself and wants others to thirst for knowledge.”
The Nurse Mentor of the Year award went to Lisa Lockett, RN, manager of the float pool.
“Lisa is a true example of what it is to be a driven, passionate mentor,” according to the nomination submitted by RNs Ilona Zavidovsky and Sarah Hoffman, two float pool nurses. “Lisa devoted an entire day of her vacation time to aid the six of us on finalizing our (nursing certification) application packets and papers.”